The collection of original contributions in this volume of "Research in Economic Anthropology" addresses two recurrent themes in economic anthropology. These are the process of economic development and the basis on which economic integration takes place. The development theme is divided between papers that are concerned with the social and demographic impact of development, and those that examine the recent post-socialist transition. The integration theme is represented by articles that examine the symbolic foundations of economic integration, and by contributions that focus on the moral basis of integration and continuity. With respect to both themes theoretical issues are discussed, and detailed ethnographic cases are drawn from Asia, Europe, Russia, Latin America, and the U.S.
Introduction (N. Dannhaeuser, C. Werner). Part I: Social and Demographic Impact of Development. Class-based social networks in regional economic systems (E.C. Jones). New inequalities: Changing Maya economy and social life in central Quintana Roo, Mexico (U. Hostettler). Children are the wealth of the poor: Pronatalism and the economic utility of children in Jean Rabel, Haiti (T.T. Schwartz). Mixed response to neo-liberalism: Questioning "sustainable development" as a remedy to free trade and global capitalism in Oaxaca, Mexico (C. Newling). Fragmented solidarity: Commercial farming and rice marketing in an experimental Japanese village (D.C. Wood). Part II: Post-Socialist Adjustments to Market Development. Labour and technological discipline: Chaos and order in Russian textile company (C. Morrison). Does privatisation mean commoditisation? Market exchange, barter and gift giving in post-socialist Mongolia (P. Finke). Production matters: Consumerism and global capitalism in Vietnam (E.F. Vann). Part III: The Symbolic in Economic Integration. Fetishism and hauism in central Mexico: using marx and mauss to understand commodity production in a cooperative setting (E.E. Ferry). Fluid signs of commodity fetishism: The cosmologies of coca-cola and tesguino (K. Applbaum, J.M. Levi). Celebrities and the name economy (B. Moeran). Part IV: The Moral in Economic Integration. The social organization of intention: sacred giving and its implications for Burma's political economy (I. Jordt). Catch the cranberry wave: Ocean Spray's role as an important social and economic institution (B.K. Jones).